Recently we conquered one of the most difficult mountains near Kabul, located in the Qargha area outside of the city.
We left very early in the morning. For security reasons, our female team could not go by itself; we had to bring the men’s team with us. During the bus ride to the base of the mountain, the girls asked the driver to play some nice music and they started singing along as the music was playing. We reached Saramyasht, an official compound at the base of the mountain. Sadiqa Nuristani, the head of mountain climbing federation, left the bus to speak to the security office of Saramyasht to obtain permission for the hike. As we waited, a security guard drove up to the bus to see what was going on. As soon as he saw the girls, he got out of the car and said “Let them go, they have women with them.” Then Sadiqa came back with a permit signed by the head of the security unit.
We got off the bus and started walking. It was windy and cold. The trainer told everyone to cover their ears and keep walking. It was the first hiking experience for most of the girls. They were excited, but they would soon get tired. Whenever the girls stopped for a break, the guys would start complaining: “The girls are very slow. If we go like this, we won’t reach the peak by nightfall.” Then we would start climbing again. For most of our team members, it was their first experience climbing a mountain, not to mention rappelling down a massive rock face. We reached the peak in three hours.
“It was dangerous, but we can do it,” said Samira, an 18-year-old girl who is in 11th grade at her high school and is the team leader.
That is exactly how the members of our team feel about our ultimate goal – reaching the summit of Mt. Noshaq, in Badakhshan province.
Stay tuned for more updates as the team ramps up the training and prepares to reach Mt. Noshaq.